Messi Confesses : I regret what happened against the Netherlands

Opens up on his World Cup experience for the first time

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 28, 2022, Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates his goal during the international friendly football match between Argentina and Jamaica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. - The captain of the Argentine national team and superstar of Paris Saint-Germain Lionel Messi announced that the World Cup 2022 in Qatar would "surely" be his last World Cup, in an interview with the ESPN-Argentina channel broadcast Thursday. (Photo by Andres Kudacki / AFP)

Lionel Messi has admitted that he regretted the incidents that took place during and after Argentina’s2022 World cup quarter-final tie against the Netherlands.

The Albiceleste managed to qualify on penalties after a tense game where Messi was engaged in an argument with the Dutch coach,Louis van Gaal.

After the game,Messistill looked frustrated despite Argentina’s victory and lashed out at the Netherlands strikerWout Weghorst.

“Keep moving, idiot,”Messitold the Dutchman in the tunnel.

However, theParis Saint-Germainstar has admitted that he is not pleased with what happened with the current Manchester United striker.

“I didn’t think about it, it came out in the moment,”Messisaid of the incident withWeghorstin an interview with radio show Perros de la calle.

“I did know everything that had been said before the game, what he [Van Gaal] had said. Even some of my teammates were telling me ‘Did you see what he said,’ on purpose.

“And well, when it’s all over, I don’t like what I did, I don’t like the ‘keep moving’ and all that. But well, they are moments of huge tension, huge nervousness and everything happens very fast.

“One reacts the way one reacts, but nothing was planned. It just happened. I don’t like to leave that image, but these are things that happen.”

The Argentine admitted that he has not watched the final again and that the night before the match he slept well and did nothing special.

“I saw highlights, moments, people’s celebrations when we are world champions, but the final itself, the 90 minutes, I haven’t watched it again,” he said.

He also rememberedDiego Maradonaand stressed that he wished the late Argentina legend was alive to watch the final.

“I would have liked him, if he didn’t hand me the World Cup trophy, to at least see all this,”Messinoted.

“I think that both he and many people who love me were pushing from above, not only for this but for everything in general”.

Messi also recalled the moment when he kissed the trophy before he lifted it.

“I saw it there and I couldn’t not do what I did,”Messideclared.

“The World Cup was calling me. It said to me ‘Here I am, come and grab me, now you can touch me’.

“I saw it shining there, it stood out in that beautiful stadium and I didn’t think about it, I went to kiss it because I passed by it. I needed it.”

His family

The Argentina forward also explained how his children and his wife experienced Argentina’s World Cup run.

“It was an incredible month for me and my family,”Messirecalled.

“Thiago was crazy. Seeing how he enjoyed it, how he felt it, how he suffered… because after the match with the Netherlands he was crying.

“Or Mateo doing the maths after the match we lost against Saudi Arabia. Ciro is the one who understands the least, but the other two experienced it as fans.

“Suffering, living it to the fullest, enjoying it. Even when we returned to Paris, we missed the days in Qatar. We had a great time.”

Meanwhile,Messirevealed that his Instagram account was blocked after receiving one million messages after Argentina’s triumph.

“It’s a very nice thing that other sportsmen recognize you in that way,” he argued.

“I’m not much for replying or commenting on photos, at most giving a like.”

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